Starter Guide for Windows® System Image Manager

 

 

By Sean D. Liming and John R. Malin

No Longer Available. Please see the new Start Guide for Windows 10 IoT Enterprise book.

Windows® System Image Manager (SIM) allows PC Manufactures, IT Managers, and Embedded Developers to automate the installation of Windows operating systems. SIM allows these developers to install applications, device drivers, and Windows updates along with the Windows operating system. The ability to automate operating system installation helps to remove any human error that can occur with manual installation. Also, the ability to maintain and support many platforms over a long life cycle is an important asset in today’s ever changing technology. Starter Guide for Windows® System Image Manager covers all the basic functions of System Image Manager (SIM):

  • Successfully and consistently creating a catalog for Windows Server, Windows Desktop, or Windows Embedded Industry
  • Distribution share setup for application and device drivers
  • Adding updates to a distribution share
  • Creating custom answer files to preset basic elements and enable Windows operating system features
  • Cloning an image using sysprep and an unattended file

For Embedded Developers, architecting the Windows operating system is an important part of the image development process and critical for product life cycle support. The new Windows Embedded Industry (WEI) is being targeted at a wide range of embedded systems. To support these unique systems, WEI comes with a set of Lockdown features that can be enabled through SIM:

  • Unified Write Filter (UWF)
  • Keyboard Filter
  • Dialog Filter
  • Embedded Lockdown Manager
  • User Experience

The book also covers third-party tools like SecureBus™ and real-time solutions from TenAsys® to secure and enhance the performance of Windows Embedded. The book brings all these elements together in nine chapters with 11 step-by-step exercises to create and architect Windows images into final systems.

 

Book Details

Paperback: 162 Pages
Publisher: Annabooks (October 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0-9859461-8-0

Kindle Edition
ISBN-13: 978-0-9859461-7-3

 

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Software and Hardware Requirements

Development system with Windows® 7 or higher

Windows ADK for Windows 10

Target Operating system installation DVD:

  • Windows 10 Desktop Editions
  • Windows® 8.1
  • Windows® 8
  • Windows® 7
  • Windows Server® 2012 R2
  • Windows Server® 2012
  • Windows Server® 2008 R2
  • Windows Server® 2008
  • Windows 10 IoT Enterprise
  • Windows® Embedded 8.1 Industry
  • Windows® Embedded 8 Industry
  • Windows® Embedded POSReady 7

Target hardware platform or virtual machine to install images

 

Downloads:

Book Exercises - Zip file contains files for use with exercises.

 

Table of Contents:

 
 

1 DEPLOYMENTS-R-US
1.1 ABOUT THE BOOK AND TARGET AUDIENCE
1.2 SYSTEM IMAGE MANAGER (SIM) DEVELOPMENT PROCESS OVERVIEW
1.3 SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEMS
1.4 HARDWARE / SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS FOR HANDS-ON EXERCISES
1.5 NOTES ABOUT EBOOK EDITION

2 SIM OVERVIEW AND IMPLEMENTATION
2.1 SIM OVERVIEW
2.2 EXERCISE 201: GENERATE A CATALOG FILE
2.3 INSTALLATION PASSES
2.4 COMPONENTS AND THE PASSES: PRESET INSTALLATION ANSWERS
2.5 EXERCISE 202: CREATE A NEW ANSWER FILE
2.6 LOOK INSIDE THE ANSWER FILE
2.7 EXERCISE 203: CREATE THE NEW WINDOWS INSTALLATION DISK
2.8 SUMMARY: BUILD AUTOMATION!

3 ADDING TO THE DISTRIBUTION SHARE
3.1 $OEM$ FOLDERS
3.2 OUT-OF-BOX DRIVERS
3.3 EXERCISE 301: USING A CONFIGURATION SET TO DEPLOY AN OS
3.4 SYNCHRONOUS COMMANDS - RUNNING APPLICATIONS OR INSTALLERSDURING INSTALLATION
3.5 SUMMARY: SUPER OS INSTALLER

4 SYSPREP
4.1 SYSPREP COMMAND
4.2 EXERCISE 401: USING A SYSPREP UNATTENDED FILE
4.3 AUDIT MODE
4.4 SUMMARY: SYSPREP IS A MUST!

5 UPDATES AND IMAGE SERVICING
5.1 SERVICING TERMINOLOGY
5.2 WINDOWS UPDATE
5.3 PACKAGES AND WINDOWS UPDATE API / 3RD PARTY TOOLS
5.4 DEPLOYMENT IMAGE SERVICING AND MANAGEMENT (DISM)
5.5 WINPE
5.6 WINDOWS POWERSHELL
5.7 PATCHING A SYSTEM – CONFIGURATION SET
5.8 EXERCISE 501: CONFIGURATION SET PATCH
5.9 EXERCISE 502: CUSTOM WINPE
5.10 SUMMARY: SIMPLIFIED SERVICING

6 WINDOWS EMBEDDED LOCKDOWN FEATURES
6.1 LOCKDOWN FEATURES AND SIM
6.2 UNIFIED WRITE FILTER (UWF)
6.3 DIALOG FILTER
6.4 KEYBOARD FILTER
6.5 GESTURE FILTER
6.6 EMBEDDED LOCKDOWN MANAGER (ELM)
6.7 EXERCISE 601: UNIFIED WRITE FILTER, DIALOG BOX FILTER, AND KEYBOARD FILTER
6.8 SUMMARY: BEYOND THE DESKTOP

7 DEVICE EXPERIENCE FOR EMBEDDED SYSTEMS
7.1 BOOT-UP SCREENS
7.2 SHELL GAMES4
7.3 EXERCISE 701 – CREATING A BRANDED IMAGE
7.4 SUMMARY: FIRST IMPRESSIONS

8 SECURITY
8.2 SECUREBUS™
8.3 EXERCISE 801 – CREATING AND IMPLEMENTING A CUSTOM SECURITY TEMPLATE
8.4 EXERCISE 802 – LOCAL GROUP POLICY SETTINGS
8.5 SUMMARY: MAKE THE SYSTEM AN APPLIANCE

9 REAL-TIME SUPPORT
9.1 WHAT IS REAL-TIME?
9.2 TENASYS® INTIME® FOR WINDOWS®
9.3 TENASYS® EVM™ FOR WINDOWS
9.4 SUMMARY: REAL-TIME APPLICATIONS ARE POSSIBLE


     
 

Related Books, Software, and Other Information

 

Addendum 1: Windows 10 IoT Enterprise Build 10240

The addendum to the book covers Windows 10 IoT Enterprise and the changes from Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry. The addendum covers the product naming, changes to activation, new tools coming, changes to the Lockdown Features, code examples for customizing programmatic management of the Lockdown Features.

 

 

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